In her first year with her current employer, Lancaster, Mass., admin Jocelyn Rodgers received a 36 percent hourly pay increase. The next year, her pay rose another 20 percent.
To push your pay increases into double-digits, you have to give 100 percent, Rodgers says. But you also have to
target that effort. Here's what she advises:
• Draw the attention of your boss's boss. Rodgers created and organized financial, re-tention and company-growth reports for the person her boss reports to.
• Offer to solve sticky problems. Rodgers doesn't just ask for assignments, she presents solutions. "Some-times, when my administrator realizes that she's too overwhelmed with a task, I've already either asked to have her pass it down to me or have a solution for her," Rodgers says.
• Improve the workplace. In addition to keeping her own attitude positive, Rodgers works to raise morale companywide.
Example: She created a program for employees to recognize each other by recommending their colleagues for tokens that they can redeem for gift certificates, days off, etc.
"They enjoyed being able to participate in positive outcomes for their co-workers," says Rodgers.